Huawei P9 Debuts in London
22 Apr 2016
The long-awaited launch of the Huawei’s P9 and P9 Plus finally happened in London. Last year saw the unveiling of one of Huawei’s flagship gadgets, the P8, and this latest offering is a welcome addition. And now to the latest information we have gathered on the P9 and P9 Plus.
Lustrous ceramic or aluminum outlookBeauty runs through this range of phones, and both the smaller and bigger P9 carry on with the trendy design set by the earlier P8. On the front side of these phones, there is a well-curved glass, while the glass at the back can only be of aerospace-quality. It is iPhone-like, if you prefer it that way. These “diamond-cut edges” glitter and reflect light and ensure your grip is firm on the metal device. You will find the volume button and power knob on the gadget’s right edge.
You will find a fingerprint sensor at the rear of the gadget, and the sensor is surrounded by polished metallic chamfered edge, in addition to a modest antenna line which is hooked to the bottom section of the gadget. On the upper part, there is a dual camera within a rough metallic encasement; it has a flash and is made by Leica. What more? The lower end of the phone carries Huawei branding. It is a slender, stylish gadget that is in tandem with the firm’s other range of metal mobile phones. You have the option of silver, rose gold, black and gold colors, something you expect to find in an iPhone.
In addition, Huawei has ventured into the territory of Android by launching ceramic phones. There is a P9 model that has a white ceramic rear, something you would expect to see on the Xiaomi Mi5 and the OnePlusX. However, do not expect to find this variety of colors on each carrier or market.
Superior specsBetween the two devices, the P9 is smaller. It has a 5.2-inch 1080p display. The novel Kirin 955 2.5GHz 64-bit, which is ARM-integrated and varying RAM amounts power these phones. The RAM capacity depends on the phone’s version. You have the option of 32GB RAM and 32 GB storage or 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Your 5-inch phone will also remain powered for a considerably long duration, thanks to the 3,000Ah battery in the P9. Considering your 1080p screen, a day and a half of usage after recharging is possible.
On the other hand, the P9 Plus has a larger screen, 5.5-inches, and Press Touch know-how, a pressure-sensitive feature. Users of the iPhone 6S use the firm’s 3D Touch feature which is similar to “Press Touch”. The same can be said of Apple Watch’s Force Touch feature. Despite this, the costliest version of Mate S was the first Huawei device to use this feature – not the P9. Nevertheless, the P9 has pioneered the use of this feature in the P series.
The larger screen necessitates the use of a 3,400Ah battery to keep this phablet-sized device operational. In addition, you have the advantage of a dual-IC Rapid Charge to ensure you can talk for at least six hours when your charge is meant for 10 minutes only. The two phones use the same processors although the P9 Plus is equipped with default 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Another interesting feature is that the two phones run on Huawei’s Emotion UI 4.1. Add that to Android 6.0 Marshmallow and you can look out for something similar to iOS, unlike the conventional Android found on Nexus 6P.
Leica camera expertiseYou need to know that the most outstanding feature of the two phones (P9 and P9 Plus) is the camera and not the screen tech or processing power. In collaboration with Leica, Huawei installed the finest camera technology in these devices. According to Huawei, its twin-camera design on this device totally releases the potency of the optical lenses made by Leica, thus giving the photos you take detail, precisions and quality. At the rear of the phone are 12-megapixel sensors which together create a photo that not only has remarkable details but also natural color. On the P9, you will find the RGB camera which is designed to capture color in images, with the monochrome camera taking up every detail. Huawei also takes pride in the low-light performance of the P9 camera.
The intention of Huawei is to make you have the feel of the renowned Leica cameras whenever you are using the camera on the P9. Based on the UI, you can choose between three modes of Leica films: Vivid Colors, Standard and Smooth Colors. This allows you the freedom of tweaking the image. When you choose any of the modes, you are essentially imitating the functions on a Leica Camera, according to Huawei. If you are a fan of black and white technique, there is a monochrome mode for you. In addition, there is a unique Hybrid Focus capability on this device, which means that the camera can opt for the most suitable focus depending on the item you are taking a snap of. The P9 is infused with depth, contrast, calculation and laser to ensure you have the clearest focus. If you want to create depth-of-field and bokeh effects on the P9, make use of the wide-aperture functionality on this phone.
How much it will cost you and where to find itUnfortunately, US customers will not be buying this phone in the foreseeable future. As for people in some countries in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, look out for the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus from April 16. Whether the rest of the world will have these devices in the near future is anybody’s guess.
For £449 (32GB + 32GB) you can get the P9 in Titanium Grey or Mystic Silver or free by way of a contract. Expect it in the UK at the beginning of May at EE, Carphone Warehouse, Vodafone, Three and O2. Despite this, you can get the P9 without a SIM in Mid-April at vMall.
For each carrier, here are the color alternatives.
- Three –Titanium Grey, Mystic Silver
- CPW –Titanium Grey, Mystic Silver
- O2 – Titanium Grey
- vMall –Titanium Grey, Mystic Silver
- EE – Titanium Grey
- Vodafone –Titanium Grey/ Quartz Gray, Mystic Silver, in May
For now, that is all we have gathered for you on Huawei P9 and P9 Plus. Look out for more information as soon as we have the prices and locations where you can get these devices in every place on the globe. As you wait, we will continue to give you our hands-on and full review news.